Sunday, January 9, 2011

1970 Classic Gil Scott-Heron Diatribe "Whitey on the Moon" Will Be Republished As "My Massa on the Moon"

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Sensationalist scholars are proposing altering Gil Scott-Heron's 1970 classic
"Whitey on the Moon" to "My Massa on the Moon" to reflect the politically correct
sensibility about race esposed by Gerald Early. The Washington University professor
has announced publication of a revisionist version of Mark Twain's classic
"Huckleberry Finn" that replaces the 217 instances of the "n-word" with the word
"slave." In revising Scott-Heron's jazz-funk diatribe, the 14 instances of "Whitey"
will be changed to "My Massa."
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My Massa On The Moon
(Edited & Expurgated)

by Gil Scott-
Heron

A rat done bit my sister Nell.
(with my massa on the moon)
Her face and arms began to swell.
(and my massa’s on the moon)
I can't pay no doctor bill.
('cause my massa’s on the moon)
Ten years from now I'll be payin' still.
(while my massa’s on the moon)
The man jus' upped my rent las' night.
('cause my massa’s on the moon)
No hot water, no toilets, no lights.
(but my massa’s on the moon)
I wonder why he's uppi' me? ('cause my massa’s on the moon?)
I wuz already payin' 'im fifty a week. (with my massa on the moon)
Taxes takin' my whole damn check,
Junkies makin' me a nervous wreck,
The price of food is goin' up,
An' as if all that shit wuzn't enough:
A rat done bit my sister Nell. (with my massa on the moon)
Her face an' arm began to swell. (but my massa’s on the moon)
Was all that money I made las' year (for my massa on the moon?)
How come there ain't no money here? (Hmm! my massa’s on the moon)
Y'know I jus' 'bout had my fill (of my massa on the moon)
I think I'll sen' these doctor bills,
Air. Mail. Special.
(to my massa on the moon)

by Judy Scooter
(with a wink and a nod to Mr. Gil Scott-Heron)